Editorials

Editorials

Giving to the rich, taking from the poor

The expected House GOP repeal bill would eliminate two tax hikes on the rich and give them a huge windfall. At the same time, millions of Americans – including 1.4 million Californians – would lose tax credits on health insurance premiums they now get under the Affordable Care Act.

Editorials

Presidential tests Trump is already failing

President-elect Donald Trump’s first press conference in nearly six months displayed how he is trying to redefine acceptable behavior for the leader of the free world. What he’s doing is not OK. It isn’t good for the next commander in chief to be at war with the nation’s intelligence agencies, to accuse them of acting like Nazi Germany. And his plan to avoid conflicts of interests falls far short of what is required.

Editorials

Let’s not block the road to driverless cars

Autonomous vehicles are being tested by 20 companies on California’s roads. To keep those companies around, and maybe lure Uber back from Arizona, regulators must be careful not to stifle innovation as the technology advances and the industry takes shape.

Editorials

Trying to make sense of tragedy in Oakland

The impulse is to solely blame the city of Oakland for the Ghost Ship horror. The cause of the fire hasn’t been determined yet, but we know that the artist colony has been on the city’s radar for a while. The warehouse wasn’t zoned for residential use, nor licensed to be a nightclub, but that it was doing both was no secret.

Videos

Tuolumne River flowing on a quiet Sunday near La Grange

The Tuolumne River was flowing big just west of La Grange on the morning of Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017. A big storm heading into the Modesto-area and the Sierra foothills is likely to increase the river flow and also raise the chances of more water being released from Don Pedro Reservoir just to the east. (Brian Clark/bclark@modbee.com)
Tuolumne River flowing on a quiet Sunday near La Grange 0:33

Tuolumne River flowing on a quiet Sunday near La Grange

Perfect attendance leads students down the red carpet 0:43

Perfect attendance leads students down the red carpet

Get a glimpse of the damage to Oroville Dam's main spillway after several days of running at 100,000 cubic feet per second 1:39

Get a glimpse of the damage to Oroville Dam's main spillway after several days of running at 100,000 cubic feet per second

Jasmine Xiong on Falcons' playoff win 2:04

Jasmine Xiong on Falcons' playoff win